Every Sunday growing up my father would turn on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off before promptly falling asleep in his armchair, and that’s how I discovered Mia Sara. So, with everything going for her as a young spark with a quickly growing flame, why did she seemingly burn out?
So we’re all on the same page about John Travolta’s character Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction being kind of an idiot right? He’s not bright, he’s just a cocky son of a bitch with the ability to be charismatic for the right director. The problem is, that stupidity leads to a lot of the problems in Pulp Fiction.
Do you recognize the name Maria de Medeiros? No? That’s understandable, honestly. The actress hasn’t made too much of a mark in the American movie scene since her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as Butch’s girlfriend, Fabienne. With a role in one of Tarantino’s most acclaimed works, why didn’t the star catch on?
Gene Hackman is alive and well (knock on wood) at 93 years old. Where’s he been for the past twenty years though? With the legendary actor’s last film credit being Welcome to Mooseport with Ray Romano in 2004, he’s been out of the spotlight for nearly twenty years. A long time for anyone, much less a multi-award-winning actor, so what’s Gene been keeping occupied with?
Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop is a masterpiece of not just an action sci-fi film, but a satiric take on law enforcement and standards for justice in America. While it’s iconic in its own right because of the clever writing and direction by Verhoeven, the Dutch director did have some misunderstandings when it came to English colloquialisms.
The Menu is a critical darling at the moment, with critics and audiences raving about the dark satire film starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Hoult, but it seems a lot of people are kind of missing the point. The story is so much more than a dining experience from hell and a cheeseburger.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: the man, the myth, the mineral. Born into a family of professional wrestlers in 1972, he would go on to fame under his nickname in the WWE before moving into film, creating a box office juggernaut. Where does Dwayne Johnson fall in terms of movies though? Muscled action star, tough funny guy, or just some generic in-between?
Chiaki Kuriyama isn’t a well-known name in America outside her small part in Kill Bill Volume One (which was a hell of an impression) but the actress is a major star in her home country of Japan.
James Cameron and nearly killing actors by drowning or some other water-related death, name a more iconic duo. Over thirty years before he would revolutionize underwater filming with Avatar: The Way of Water James Cameron went all in for The Abyss in 1989, making one of the most hellish productions in history.
Horror is one of the most popular genres in America, bringing droves to theaters and watching on streaming like the zombies it can depict. Audiences only sticking with horror in the English language are missing out though, because some of the scariest films to exist come from outside our borders.
These films will require subtitles, but damn are they worth it. Extreme horror, paranoia, curses, zombies, and more populate the world of horror outside the Americas, giving twists on old legends and new stories alike from their native countries. Branch out, turn on the subtitles, and pray nothing is watching while you check out these non-English horror films.
Javier Bardem, known for playing one of the most terrifying killers in the film (No Country For Old Men) is surprisingly kind of a softie. The actor revealed in an interview that one classic Disney movie made him cry, and he won’t let his children see it because of how cruel it was.
Sean Young probably isn’t a household name for many people other than massive Blade Runner fans. She was poised to take over Hollywood at one point though, believe it or not.